Over the years, there have been many fast motorcycle racers from this area. One of the best was Ricky Graham, who was born in Carmel and graduated from Pacific Grove High. He took up racing as soon as he was old enough, quickly advanced through the AMA Sportsman flat track ranks, and then turned Pro. During his Novice year, he raced a Bultaco that was significantly under powered compared to the hot 2-stroke twins that were dominating the class. That's where Ricky learned how to ride extremely fast in the corners to make up for time lost down the straights. He never forgot that skill, and it helped propel him to wining 3 AMA Grand National Championships in 1981, 1984 and 1993, setting several records along the way.
In 1993, Ricky won the Grand National and the inaugural Harley Davidson 883 Championships, and was selected by the AMA as its athlete of the year.
The HD 883 series consisted of dirt and road racing, much like the Grand National. This is the Harley he raced for the road race portion of the season. It is owned by his family, and was brought to our museum by Ricky's father, Bill "Snyder" Graham, who owned and operated Matt's Mufflers for many years in nearby Seaside.
Thanks to the Graham family for allowing us to display this significant piece of local motorcycling history.